NZXT Kraken X61 28cm Liquid Cooler

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The most critical aspect of installation is firm, maximum contact between the base and the CPU heatspreader for efficient heat conduction. Ideally it should also be a simple procedure with the user having to handle as few pieces of hardware as possible. The X61's mounting system is not as heavy duty as other schemes but it's sufficiently stiff and simple to put together.

The X61's mounting gear. A plastic backplate is utilized, perhaps because the base of the cooler is not very heavy. Double-sided standoffs are used to secure the backplate to the motherboard and thumbnuts pin down the mounting frame. Fans are mounted using long bolts and washers, and short screws keep the radiator in place.

Before installing, it would be prudent to quickly check the mounting hardware. Our sample included a thumbnut that was only partially threaded, preventing it from properly mating with the standoffs. We had to borrow a nut from our X31/X41 samples to get the X61 installed.

Backplate and standoffs installed.

Fully mounted and plugged in.

Obviously the lighting is more impressive in a dark environment.

We mount our CPU coolers on a Puget Systems Test Bench but as it lacks as a dual 14 cm fan mount, we placed the radiator on the X61 box with a bed of foam along the top side of the motherboard to simulate its typical position inside a case.

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